Mobile phones reassures on health impact : WHO

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New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has again sought to reassure billions of mobile phone subscribers globally that no adverse effect has been found till date on an individual’s health by its use.

“A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk,” the premier body on health in the United Nations system has said in its latest fact sheet.

“To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use,” the organisation said, seeking to allay fears in several countries over the ill effects of mobile phone usage on health, including the triggering of cancer.

The fact sheet speaks of both short-term and long-term impact of mobile phone use. As per latest data, there are some 6.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions the world over.

In the short-term assessment, it says, even as tissue heating is the primary concern of exposure to the human body, the frequencies of mobile are so low that they result in negligible temperature rise in the brain or other organs.

Speaking about its own response to the issue as expressed by the public and governments, WHO said it had established the International Electromagnetic Fields Project in 1996 to assess the matter scientifically.

“WHO will conduct a formal risk assessment of all studied health outcomes from radio frequency fields exposure by 2016,” it said, adding it will also promote research and exchanges among its agencies, scientists, governments, industry and the public.

Source by : Zee Health News

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